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Ben Wood

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Fonda, JLo,
Sykes are a hoot in

The crowds are flocking to the latest "Star Wars" picture but I opted for "Monster-in-Law" with Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez and wise-cracking Wanda Sykes. All are fabulously funny as Jane and Jennifer fight for the same man, Jane's doctor son portrayed by Michael Vartan. Jane is determined to stop him from marrying Jennifer's character. But mom finds her son's beloved is more than ordinary and is quite a foe ... Back in 1972 when Jane was en route to Hanoi with a bunch of Vietnam War protesters, they made a brief stop at Honolulu Airport and I tried to interview her. "Read the press release," she told me. The press release was all I got from the energetic actress who was zipping around the roomful of media people and others. But I noticed her boyfriend at the time, actor Donald Sutherland, slouched against a wall well away from the mob. I had a good interview with him. Many American Vietnam vets hate "Hanoi Jane" for the infamous trip and for posing on an enemy anti-aircraft gun for photos. Jane has said posing on the gun was an incredibly stupid stunt she regrets. But she does not regret protesting the war ...

ONWARD: Don Ho made a dream come true for the kids at Lunalilo Elementary. They created and signed a large poster for Don, asking him to come to their Lei Day program and see them perform "Little Grass Shack," which they learned from his recording. Don not only showed up for the show, he sang "Aloha Oe" to retiring teacher Kalani Hou ...

Paul Brown styles hair at Elton John's Life Ball

Isle salon and spa owner Paul Brown was in Vienna Saturday for Elton John's Annual Life Ball and Fashion Show that raises money to help people with AIDS. Paul is one of a few celebrity hair stylists who did the models' hair. Versace fashions were featured and Donatella Versace attended. Elton welcomed guests to the program in front of Vienna's historic city hall ... Entry deadline is June 3 for the June 15 Partners for a Cure golf tourney at the Hawaii Prince to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Entry for a three-person scramble team is $525, or $175 each. Dr. Laurie Tom, whose commendable goal is to find a cure for diabetes, and John Wells are co-chairs. Call 947-5979 for more info ...

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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things every Wednesday and Saturday. E-mail him at bwood@starbulletin.com

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